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  • 'Prophet of Oak Ridge' exhibit to be open through Jan. 30

    The family life, the farm life, the mystery and the vision are revealed in “The Story of John Hendrix: Prophet of Oak Ridge” exhibition opening Nov. 9, the 145th anniversary of the birthday of John Hendrix, at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge.

    Utilizing family records, oral stories passed down through generations and artifacts related to Hendrix, Jack and Myra Mansfield of Oak Ridge collaborated with the museum to develop the exhibit, which will be on display through Jan. 30, 2011, in the museum lobby.

  • Tamke-Allan Observatory hosts public event Saturday

    Tamke-Allan Observatory invites people interested in astronomy to visit the observatory at 7 p.m.  on Saturday Nov. 6 for an evening of celestial observing.
    Astronomy students will be grilling and selling food/drinks to buy components for our planned mobile solar observatory, a well-equipped trailer that can be pulled to schools and stargazes to support observing and lectures.
    Optical and radio telescopes and mobile lecture facilities will be included.

  • Charter jet among Rockwood Fly-in attractions
  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Nov. 3

    25 Years Ago
    Harriman Paperboard Corp. closed operations, leaving 150 employees jobless. Close to 100 people whose livelihoods indirectly depended on the plant were also unemployed. Harriman and HUB officials were caught off-
    guard by the closure and left to wonder about the likelihood of getting back close to $3 million the company owed them.

    10 Years Ago
    Students in four Roane County schools chose George W. Bush as the winner of the 2000 presidential race.

  • MILITARY MATTERS: Nathan E. Shaw

    U.S. Army Pfc. Nathan E. Shaw has graduated from the H-8 Tracked Vehicle Recovery Specialist Course at Fort Knox, Ky.

    He is married to Crystal Jones Shaw, daughter of Terry J. and Debra S. Jones of Oliver Springs.

    The course is designed to train students in the skills and knowledge needed to perform recovery operations using the M88A1/A2 tracked recovery vehicle.  

  • MILITARY MATTERS: Scott W. Collins

    Scott W. Collins has been promoted to the rank of chief master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force.

    Collins, son of Ray and Shirley Collins of Oakdale, is a weapons systems branch superintendent assigned to the 1st Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field, Fort Walton Beach, Fla.  

    The sergeant has served in the military for 24 years.

    His sisters are Vicki McCullough of Harriman and Ginger Mitchell of Knoxville.

    His wife, Christine, is the daughter of Gregory and Maryellen Pelkey of Leesburg, Fla.

  • Library holds book sale

    Oliver Springs Public Library is growing needs help.

    As it makes room for newer collections, it must weed out older books that are no longer being checked out. The library is selling those books at low prices.  

    On Friday, Nov. 12, the library will be selling hardback books for $1 and paperbacks for 50 cents. It also welcomes donations for specific books to be added to our collection.  

    The library is housed in the train depot, built in 1905, along with the historical museum and caboose.

  • RSCC, Chattanooga State team up for concert

    The Roane State Community College Music Department will present Requiem by Gabriel Fauré on Saturday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Kingston.

    The Roane State Concert Choir and the Chattanooga State Community College Concert Choir are teaming up for the performance.

    A $10 donation is suggested.

    The concert will feature Edie Johnson, organ; Fred Pogue, piano; Mary Ann Fennell, violin; Charles Barber, baritone; and Amanda Peavyhouse, soprano.

  • Stansbury’s pencil drawing wins over viewers at ’10 Country Fair

    Jesse Stansbury’s pencil drawing was voted Viewers Choice in this year’s Kingston Country Fair.
    Roane County Family and Community Education Clubs were in charge of the competitions, which generated 187 entries.
    Best of Show entries were Minnie Beth Wright’s pickled okra and Christina Andrews’ crochet.
    Winners in each division and category with entries are:
    Division A: Needlework
    • Class 1, Afghan — Barbara Ricker, first; Martha Barding, second.

  • Three generations win

    Three first-place winners in this year’s Kingston Country Fair spanned as many generations in Mary Jane Jakubowski’s family.
    A quilt machine-pieced by Jakubowski and machine-quilted by her daughter, Cathi Gundlah, took top honors in Division B, Class 7.
    Gundlah’s “Magnolia Summer” hand-applique quilt was awarded the blue ribbon in Division B, Class 4.
    Jakubowski’s granddaughter, Angela Petrocelli, took first place with her counted cross-stitch piece in Division A, Class 9.